Get you iPhone Repaired in Singapore
Smartphones are delicate devices, unlike many of their technologically inferior ancestors. Water damage is a common problem amongst iPhone owners, and can result in anything from slight corrosion to complete failure of your phone. Typically, iPhone water damage is caused by one of the following:
- Using (or exposing) your phone in the rain or snow;
- Excessive humidity and condensation;
- Dropping or accidentally pushing off a counter into a toilet or sink full of water;
- Keeping phone in a bag with a leaking bottle of water (or cold water on a hot day);
- Exposed to sweat while jogging;
- Spilling a drink on your phone.
Ways to avoid liquid damage
In most cases, preventing water damage is a matter of precaution. There is no reliable way to prevent damage from occurring after water has gotten into the phone, so instead, try to be mindful of these tips:
- Keep your phone in a bag or backpack with only other dry items – you are more likely to spill liquid on yourself;
- Carry a sealable plastic bag in your bag or pocket to protect your phone if it starts to rain or you enter an area of dense fog;
- Purchase a case that closes to prevent some damage from spills or minor submersion (note that this will not make your phone invincible!);
- Get in the habit of placing your phone on a table or far away counter if you are using the bathroom or sink;
- If you are at a gym, place your phone on the treadmill, exercise bike, or whatever machine you are using instead of keeping it in a pocket.
How to tell if iPhone has water damage
For a liquid damaged iPhone repair can sometimes take quite a long time, so it is important to rule out other causes of damage first. Of course, in some cases it will be obvious (for example, if it is submerged in water for an extended period of time). Some symptoms and effects include:
- Water spots (also called water marks or stains) on the screen;
- Touch screen unresponsive or exhibiting unusual behavior;
- Speaker or microphone distortion;
- Phone entering an endless loop of rebooting;
- Other components failing without another discernible cause;
- Phone simply not turning on.
There are also two indicators, one in the headphone jack and one in the charging jack, which change from white to red if water damage is detected. Replacement or repair by an official Apple store usually requires these indicators to be active as part of the iPhone water damage warranty, which may not happen in a number of cases.
What to do for iPhone water damage
Even if your iPhone seems to be functioning properly after an incident, do not turn it on. If it is currently on, power it off immediately. It must be taken to a repair shop to be chemically cleaned if you wish to avoid corrosion damage as well. Never attempt any of the following myths for iPhone liquid damage repair:
- Placing the device in a bowl of uncooked rice to sap the liquid;
- Dry it with a blow dryer, regardless of temperature;
- Leaving the device in the sun or near a heater.
All of these can cause more damage, and simply are unreliable methods. Instead, bring your phone to iRepair immediately – especially if your iPhone water damage warranty is expired (or you never had one to begin with).
Where to repair iPhone dropped in water
Especially in Singapore, very few repair centers have the equipment or know how to repair iPhone dropped in water. As a result, iRepair is one of the only choices that does not outsource your repair. The processes for this repair require extensive experience and finesse – do not attempt them yourself.
Your repairs will be done onsite and may take anywhere from an hour to a week. For those who wish to wait at the store for quicker repairs, a comfortable lounge is provided. Sit down and enjoy a free drink, WiFi access, movies, or reading material while iRepair’s expert staff fixes your phone.
Interesting facts about iPhones and water damage
- Owners of iPhones face special issues with warranties in humid climates, such as Singapore. Humidity can toggle the water damage detectors, causing owners with only basic coverage to be denied repairs by Apple.
- All iPhone warranties, even for water damage, must be used in the same country they were purchased.
- Sometimes after an incident, a mere chemical cleaning is all that is needed to ensure the safety of your device.
- The “rice method” of self-repair can actually fill your phone with dust and particles, which may be just as harmful as water.
- Nearly half of all incidents are some form of water damage.
- In 2013, Apple initiated a program which allows iPhone users to trade their water damaged devices in for gift cards (though they are of far lesser value than a new or functioning iPhone).